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Below is a list of Nebraska prison rebels who were willing to have their names and addresses released in hopes of building connection with those on the outside. This information is also available in poster format. This list represents just a few of the many rebellious prisoners who took a stand on Mother’s Day, 2015. Print and distribute the poster and, as always, build those links between outside and inside. Happy Mother’s Day!
On Mother’s Day, 2015, prisoners at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska took control of multiple housing units in the prison, including staff offices. Prisoners of all races fought off guards together, set fires, destroyed took control of multiple housing units in the prison walls and other infrastructure. They used office phones to call their mothers and the media and chanted “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”—echoing those struggling against the police on the other side of the prison walls.
According to a prisoner who participated in the riots:
“It wasn’t just me who made a courageous stand! It was a multitude of us from all races — black, white, brown, straight and gay. Everything that happened that day was a concerted effort by every man who had grown tired of all the injustice inside and outside these razor wire fences. I’m so very proud of these men . .”
A year later, the state’s efforts to rebuild the prison, repress the rioters and recuperate their struggle continues as the overall situation in Nebraska prisons remains at a tipping point. Just last weekend, prisoners at the county Jail in Sarpy County, Nebraska destroyed the sprinkler system in their cells, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage. This week, the Nebraska Attorney General’s office put arson charges on two prisoners for their participation in the riot as a Nebraska Grand Jury handed down a predictable ruling that prison officials had no fault in the deaths of two child molesters who were murdered during the riots—almost certainly just a legal formality preceding the coming indictment of prisoners on murder charges. This repression follows the indictment of five prisoners in November on charges associated with the riot.
As the prisoner work stoppage in Alabama continues to gain momentum, prisoners in Texas end their month-long work stoppage, and prisoners and outside supporters across the country prepare for a national prison strike on September 9th, it is more important than ever that we incorporate these rebels into the work that we are doing and help to connect them to those across the country who are feeling the same way.
As the country is hit with wave after wave of prison rebellion, writing to a prison rebel is more than an act of care. It is also a move to link up with and provide material aid to an ongoing rebellion against society. Send a letter or a zine, an article or some pictures. Ask what support is needed. Build trust and a common language with prison rebels in your region. Stay in touch so news of rebellion reaches you quickly. Amplify and help generalize rebellions as they occur.
Write to these folks at: Inmate Name and #, Tecumseh SCI, P.O. Box 900, Tecumseh, NE 68450
Daryl Eskridge #72481
Yaking Dunn #76188
Clenton Sanders #68620
Deanthony Smith #79991
Justin Busch #76147
David Casillas #74035
Clyde Flemons #78260
Shaquille Renshaw #78812
Frederick Gooch #65759
Write to Andrew at: Lincoln CC, 3216 W. Van Doren St., Lincoln, NE 68522
Andrew Lyle #75554